From March, 2014

www.artsATL.com Review: Rising star Tara Erraught brings her Irish roots and soaring mezzo to Spivey Hall

March 26, 2014 By Stephanie Adrian The month of March prompts one to think of shamrocks, corned beef and cabbage, and a myriad of other Irish clichés like kissing the Blarney Stone and green beer. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps, Spivey Hall welcomed Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught and her pianist Dearbhla Collins to perform a recital on March 23. Erraught’s offering of Respighi, Brahms, Wolf and several opera arias, however, was anything but a cliché. The 25-year-old Erraught, a native of Dundalk, Ireland, is a principal singer at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where she has sung…

Preview on www.artsATL.com: Music educators convene for public conference, concerts based on Zoltán Kodály’s “universal musical humanism”

March 17, 2014 By Stephanie Adrian Hungarian pianist and composer Zoltán Kodály held that everyone has musical ability that should be cultivated in order to benefit humanity. The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), a professional organization for music educators, will convene in Atlanta on March 20 to promote his philosophy of “universal musical humanism.” Propelled by disenchantment with Hungary’s education system, Kodály (1882–1967) dedicated himself to understanding what children were learning and how they were learning it. He found that children possess an innate musical ability and learn best through the songs, games, and dances of their native culture.…